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I have noticed that since I started to learn tongue blocking, faster melodies are more tricky - plus the tone is kinda less distinct. I try to articulate with my diaphragm, though it's not nearly as crisp as tongue articulation.
If I have a choice, I will switch from tongue block to pucker as suits the piece best.
HI Keith, I go out playing with a key board backing once a week, and three guitarists backing and a singer once a week.I only play three tunes.I have to make a list so as they can pick the ones they know,and the other night out is running my Harmonica Club.However the rest of the nights I practice for one hour every night,from six until seven.I still make many mistakes but disguise them with improvisation.I have a very long list of tunes which I run through,and pay special attention to the middle eight of the tune,because normally this is the hardest part.The main thing is to try tongue blocking in order to obtain the single notes,some players find it fairly difficult to do,but with perseverance it will work out.Practice one line of the tune and keep at it until it becomes second nature.It does help if you can practice your scales,starting from hole one or five or nine in the key of"C" Mind you it is very boring,but it does help.The main thing is,that if you can't read music like myself,you must know the tune you are playing like the back of your hand,you will then be able to follow the tabs with confidence.Good Luck Eric 33.
Sounds like you have a good routine so far Keith.
If you can spare more time that's always good, but I find that regular daily sessions are best, even if they are short ones (most of my practice sessions are while waiting for the bus!)
I wouldn't get hung up on how long things might take. Focus on embouchure and rhythm first, thereafter your song learning will be much more rewarding.
It shouldn’t take too long before you can get through tunes, but when you’re asking about “really playing”, I bet you’re talking about translating those notes on the page into music. Even simple tunes can be made to sound really amazing when you put personality into your playing through certain techniques and ornamentation. This is what I spend my time practicing. I try to find someone’s playing that I really admire and pick out the parts I want to imitate. Then I figure out where I can put those techniques into other tunes I know.
A great beginner tune is this month’s Hard Times Come Again No More. The tune has no bent notes and sounds really good played slowly. You will love it. There is no time limit on the songs. I hope people will keep adding to them long after the month is over. It’s just called Song-of-the-Month because each month there is a new choice.
I will always have a folk selection each month. Most of these are pretty straight forward. Send me any suggestions you want in the vote.
Just found this thread - I started a chromatic thread under hardware when I couldn't find one, so that makes 2 now.
So, just bringing this to the attention of any one who hasn't found it yet.
My 'collection' consists of a Hohner Chrometta14, CX12, & a Swan 1040, (bought in that order).
I tend to 'play' the Swan the most, although I'm just a beginner, it works for me.
I am still new to harmonicas & I was wondering how long I should practice at any one time.
I tend to just run through a couple of tunes a couple of times each time I practice.
What do you think, is this the best way to learn to play, or should each 'session' be longer?
Also, how long does it take to be able to 'play' tunes, (how long before you thought you could play)?
I did a search and came up with this from the Fender forum - forums.fender.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=71058
What harps do you like? Only diatonic or do you also play chromatic? Bass? Chord? Octave?
Welcome to the Club. You're seeing the latest incarnation of it. Previously we had over ten thousand members. Started to get a LOT of spamming and the proprietor had to make changes to the site. The spirit of harp runs strong through all of it
Good to have you here and I hope we can help in any way.
Be Blues...And Jazz,
Suave Blues Man
Yes, I will try using my camera when I think it reasonable time to try recording.
(I'm still at the stage of getting my embouchure right & trying to hit the right holes.)
My 'playing' is very 'laboured' just now, but I'm thinking it will show me if I'm improving, (or not).
Very nice, in looks & sound.
I love the sound of the CX12, which I managed to get at a decent price, but thought it might be a bit too loud for practicing on hence the little Swan, however, I'm finding my lips sticking on the metal mouthpiece.
I also find the Chrometta mouthpiece somewhat peculiar & don't understand why Hohner should think it better for a beginner.
My N+1 is most likely going to be a CX12 LC/tenor, which is what I had intended to get when the C came up.
1) Summertime by George Gershwin
2) Hard Times Come Again No More
3) Blue Bayou
These are the name of the songs.
This is such a good idea - well done Marcy! It may even warrant its own sub-forum if it takes off.
A possible spin-off idea might be to use basic tunes for beginners, so more people may feel confident enough to contribute. They wouldn't need to have any time constraints. More advanced players could post embellished versions also.
Could be a great resource for critique and playing advice...
I've only filmed myself once or twice, using my phone. The sound quality was pretty bad, but I honestly couldn't say if that was indicative of my lack of playing skill, the room acoustics, or something inherent with the phone (such as auto level recording balance or normalising).
I guess you should try the cheapest options first, then escalate the tech as you see fit...
Hi Rich, and welcome.
I once considered getting a Melody Maker. If I recall correctly, the tuning (by that I mean the note layout) is not quite the same as a standard diatonic. I think this was so you could play melodies without having to bend any notes.
This might be an issue if you rely on tabs written for standard diatonics.
Hey folks, I'm back after a hectic period at work (and home) lasting too many months, meaning I could hardly even play harmonica - let alone post on the forum. Will try my best to becoming more active again...
Dexer, congrats! You have a gift for making harmonicas look their best in your photos. My Manji never looked that good, but I still like the way the comb looks like dairy fudge.